Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

August 2014

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) brings together

organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

PNWGCP Updates  

Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World 

From programming lessons and building robot structures to team building activities and lunch with female role models the Project Splash camp held August 4-8, 2014 in Seattle, WA was a busy week!


Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World."


Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program, supported by Boeing, and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.  


Working in teams of four, girls built underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. Mentors from Boeing, Microsoft, and LiveStories spoke to the girls throughout the week. During a final showcase for parents and friends they demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication.


For more information about Project Splash camps, email Nimisha Ghosh Roy at And be sure to check out pictures from Camp!


FabFems Spotlight

Meet Gloria, a Software Development Lead at Microsoft. In addition to her management roles, Gloria enjoys working on data integrity, performance and manageability of software systems.


As a teenager she didn't think she wanted to do anything with computers or software. After one year of college she realized she was a great fit for computer science! Outside of work, Gloria enjoys yoga and reading and is passionate about inspiring young women to consider careers in technology. To learn more about Gloria, visit


FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire our future generations. Encourage girls to visit FabFems to search profiles, connect with role models, and find resources on career pathways. To get more involved, 'like' us on Facebook, 'follow' our Twitter feed, and help fill our boards on Pinterest. 

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If you are a role model, submit a profile on to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about.

Events and Opportunities    

Sally Ride Science Festival

October 4, 2014

University of Washington - Bothell, WA

A fun-filled day of science and socializing for middle-school students sponsored by partners such as UW Bothell, Boeing, Google, and many other business and community leaders committed to

putting STEM projects directly into the hands of middle school kids. The Festival includes workshops, experiments, and a street fair. 


GeekGirlCon Annual Convention

October 11-12, 2014 

Seattle, WA

GeekGirlCon is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture. The convention will feature programming, panels, workshops, and gaming as well as special events. 


Women in Engineering Day
October 24, 2014
Moscow, ID
Participants will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship toward an undergraduate degree in engineering; learn about the diversity of careers in engineering; interact with current students, faculty, and industry professionals; stay overnight with college women in a dorm or sorority (optional); tour engineering labs at the University of Idaho; and participate in hands-on engineering design activities.


The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back: Making Learning Personal

October 27-28, 2014

Seattle, WA 

This conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school. The conference aims to strengthen partnerships between the formal education system and afterschool and youth development programs at all levels. 



Anchorage Museum Imaginarium and Planetarium
The Imaginarium and Planetarium features stimulating, hands-on exhibits focused on earth, life, and physical science. Information about professional development opportunities, K-12 programs, and resources can be found on the museum's website.


Latinas & Tecnologí­a de la Información Website

NCWIT's Latinas & Tecnología de la Información is a Spanish website for inspiring young Latina women to pursue technology. The website provides fact sheets for creating awareness about the current state of girls' participation in technology, talking points about undergraduate courses and careers in computing, videos and profiles of Latina women for addressing the attractions to technology and possible barriers in the field, as well as links to computing activities and recruitment programs.

University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS)
The mission of the MOSS is to facilitate place-based, collaborative science inquiry within the context of Idaho's land, water, and communities. MOSS provides experiential learning opportunities among students, educators, scientists, and citizens to foster the critical thinking skills necessary to address complex problems. Information about residential programs, summer programs, research publications, and educator training can be found on the MOSS website.


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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, Grant No. HRD-1103073


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